Warrant Officer Ziv Dado
Warrant Officer Ziv Dado, a courageous and dedicated soldier, tragically lost his life at the age of 36 while battling Hamas in southern Israel on October 7th, 2023. Ziv is from the city of Rehovot, and served as a logistics supervisor in the renowned Golani Brigade's 51st Battalion. His commitment to his duty and his unwavering sense of responsibility made him an indispensable asset to his unit.
Upon receiving news of the attack on that fateful day, Ziv immediately rushed back to his base in Kissufim, determined to provide assistance to his fellow soldiers. However, fate had a cruel twist in store for him. While en route, he was ambushed killed by a group of terrorists.
In a devastating turn of events, the terrorists abducted Ziv's body, holding it captive in Gaza for a two weeks. It was a period of immense anguish and uncertainty for his family, friends, and the entire nation. However, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) special forces launched a daring operation to retrieve Ziv's body, successfully rescuing him from the clutches of his captors and returning him to his grieving loved ones in Israel. It was a bittersweet victory, knowing that Ziv's body was finally laid to rest with the honor and respect he deserved.
Beyond his military achievements, Ziv was a devoted husband to his wife, Stav, and the proud father of their five-month-old daughter, Mia. He had a zest for life and a passion for simple pleasures. Whether it was his love for vehicles or his talent for grilling meat over an open flame, Ziv's enthusiasm was contagious. His meticulous attention to detail and dedication to perfection made him not only an exceptional soldier but also a cherished colleague and friend. His commanders and subordinates held him in high regard for his kindness and his unwavering commitment to his duties.
Stav, a pillar of strength, shared heartfelt words about her late husband's character, painting a vivid picture of a remarkable individual always ready to lend a hand and live a life dedicated to giving. She emphasized the profound impact Ziv had as a loving husband and father, testament to his heroism both on and off the battlefield. Stav fondly remembered Ziv as "one who was always the first one to answer anything," highlighting his selflessness and unwavering dedication. With an unwavering determination, she passionately implores Israel not to relent in the war against Hamas, ensuring that Ziv's sacrifice will not be in vain.
Ziv's memory lives on through his wife Stav and their beloved daughter Mia.
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About The Author
Liana Weinberger is a Tel Aviv University student and IDF reservist. She started the Fallen Soldier Tribute to commemorate each fallen member of our nation and give meaning to the growing list of those taken from us.